The Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be postponed until 2021, the office of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on Tuesday.
The International Olympic Committee is yet to make an official statement on the matter, but discussions between its president Thomas Bach and Mr Abe concluded that the Games should be put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A tweet from the PM’s Office of Japan account read: “After his telephone talks with IOC President Bach, PM Abe spoke to the press and explained that the two have agreed that the Tokyo Olympic Games would not be cancelled, and the games will be held by the summer of 2021.”
It means that for the first time since the Second World War, the Olympic Games will not go ahead on schedule.
The spread of COVID-19 has halted sport across the globe and it had become apparent that a start date of July 24 for the Olympic Games was too close for comfort.